What It’s Like

It’s like an ambush when you’re drifting off to sleep

a kookaburra in yr throat

an earth tremor in yr lungs

an opponent in yr bed

a double rainbow popping up in yr thoracic sky

lit up with pain

like that late train to Bedfordshire forging thru the Valley of Rumbles

a cock-eyed gift from the gods when you’ve run out of things to write about

it;s gentler than Golden Staph and comes with a puckish name


but all you’d like to do is clobber it over the head

And a sudden thought occurred to me: if you wanted to overcome an opposing army

all you’d have to do is infect them with the hiccup virus and they’d lose the will

to fight !

29 thoughts on “What It’s Like

  1. Very creative way to address getting hiccups! I find gulping water continuously while trying not to take a breath for as long as possible cures my hiccups rather quickly. It sounds strange but it works! Hope you are doing well, John.

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  2. OMG, you could end the world with your army suggestion, and there’s an article that says that fetuses hiccup for practice because it is “… a surprisingly complex reflex to remove air from the stomachs of young suckling mammals… [also] abrupt closure of the vocal cords approximately 35 milliseconds after the forceful contraction of the respiratory muscles”*
    *Howes D. Hiccups: a new explanation for the mysterious reflex. Bioessays. 2012 Jun;34(6):451-3. doi: 10.1002/bies.201100194. Epub 2012 Feb 29. PMID: 22377831; PMCID: PMC3504071.

        I thought I’d include the reference credit because I noticed that your phantom Swedish post disappeared because of the book it mentioned (?).
        Anyway, what caught my eye was “the closure of the vocal cords” because I recently learned that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. , who is running for President speaks strangely because he has a condition involving spastic vocal cords that he has been unsuccessful in treating. But… drum roll… he said very casually in an interview that it’s ‘obvious’ that the CIA killed his Uncle, John F. Kennedy the President, and his father, Robert Kennedy.

    Anyway, I’m glad you have no secrets. And I prefer the Old English word ælfsogoða, “elf heartburn.” They thought that hiccups were caused by elves.

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